My Kids Made Their Own Snacks!

great banana pops

3:00 pm is snack time in our house.  3pm comes and nothing – and I do mean nothing – had better be standing between my kids and the fridge.  Usually it’s fruit of some kind, but lately, crackers seem to be the only snackable item hanging around. Last week I got serious about making a […]

The Best Days

best Day of Your Life

Friends, it’s been a long time since my last post where I detailed the lovely cottage we were in the process of buying. Since then, life went a little wonky. The cottage buy fell through two days after we closed on the house we were selling.  Underground oil tanks (complete with oil), chimneys separating from […]

Three Kinds of Crazy

old attic

These last few weeks have been such a blur.  We put our house on the market and within less than an hour we had showings.  Admittedly, we’re new at selling a house, but this took me by complete surprise.  For 3 days straight we were gone from the house during the showings.  It wasn’t as […]

One Dish Dinners: Roasted Chicken & Vegetables

roasted veggies

Since I’m no good with a crock-pot, I have to devise ways of working around my handicap.  The recipe needs to be quick, one-dish, and of course, wonderful.  Then too, always at the top of my list is the requirement that it involve only real-food ingredients.  But that goes without saying for me. Roasted Chicken […]

An Easy Fix for Broken Zippers

fix broken zippers

Since spring refuses to stay around, I’ve had to keep the winter coats and jackets in the closets a while longer.  Fortunately they still fit. But we have had another problem. Broken zippers. Back in the fall I bought Chloe a brand-new winter coat system – the kind where it’s 2 different coats that zip […]

How to Paint Your Laminate Countertops

paint laminate countertops

A few weeks ago I posted my DIY kitchen reveal where I highlighted my $250 kitchen remodel.  I painted my laminate counters, painted the cabinets, and installed beadboard backsplash all on the cheap. And a lot of you had questions about the counters. This how-to post is for all of you who have asked for […]

Real Estate Agents and the Rule of 4

muddy yard

Have you ever heard of the “Homeowner’s Rule of 4″? “Count on it taking 4 times as long and costing 4 times as much as you planned.” For 4 years now we’ve painted, scraped, refinished, and replaced, all to the tune of the homeowner’s rule. But we finally made it to the other side and […]

A Peek at the First House Option

mid-century iconic design

Things have been busy around here this week.  Finding real estate agents, getting pre-approval on loans, and cleaning like mad. We had met with an agent last year but I couldn’t find her when I needed her on Monday.  Found out that she had turned in her real estate license and apparently narrowly escape jail […]

News and Links

southern snow event

Big news for North Carolina:   It snowed. It snowed a lot for Charlotte – 9 inches. We hiked to Harris Teeter in the snow.  Partly because we’ve turned into outdoor enthusiasts.  Partly because I needed more flour to fuel my insanity-driven baking binge. I baked non-stop for the entire 3-day snow event.  Mostly these […]

World’s Best Soft Pretzel Recipe

make soft pretzels

When I was growing up I visited Amish country in Pennsylvania where I experienced my first soft pretzel.   Turns out it was an Amish specialty – who knew? Since that time soft pretzels have become a food court staple, loaded with tons of salt and fat.  Yikes. I spent years trying to come up […]